We had the opportunity to pick Bob Barrable, Rolling Stock Maintenance Manager, Rio Tinto’s brain at AusRAIL 2012 on his thoughts on the role of heavy haul railways in our economy.
1. Your presentation at the event is examining the role of the iron ore railways in our economy, how key are the rail links you operate in supporting our prosperity?
2. [1:24] Australia is a world leader in many aspects of heavy haul railways, what innovations are coming next and how do you feel will shape the next 10 years for the industry?
3. [3:07] 2014 will see the rollout of your fleet of AutoHaul trains to create the world’s first fully automated heavy-haul rail network, what are the main challenges you foresee during this rollout phase and what will be the main impacts on your operations once the rollout is complete?
5. [4:35] Finally AusRAIL is the leading event for the rail industry, what have been your impressions of the event this year and what key messages have you taken away from your time here?